Painting sessions a chance for self-care

November 20, 2023 BY

Relaxing: Trevor and Jennie Moore, with Shona McClellan were part of a recent Art for the Heart session for carers at Heathcote. Photo: SANDRA JAMES

UNPAID carers took part in Art for the Heart session at the Barrack Stadium earlier this week.

The session was organised by Bendigo Health and run by a representative from Pinot & Picasso in Bendigo.

“The session offered some time out support for unpaid carers,” said Shona McClellan, carer support supervisor at Bendigo Health.

“Art is a relaxing activity that relieves tension and stress and can have positive impacts on health.

“Carers enjoyed step by step instructions from our wonderful ‘Pinot & Picasso’ host to create their own masterpiece to take home.”

During the session, attendees had morning tea and a chance to catch up with other carers.

“It was fun and interesting,” said Jennie Moore. “A great chance to learn something new.”

Her husband Trevor Moore agreed.

“It was a welcoming environment and we had lots of laughs,” he said. “It really helps to take some of the stress away.”

The Heathcote session was the first in a series of Art for the Heart events planned by Bendigo Health.

“There will be sessions at Woodend and Maryborough later in the month and we have more events planned for next year,” said Ms McClellan.